Makeup: The Edit


Our pick of the best eyeliners
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Defining the eyes with liner is an essential element of any smart makeup regimen. True success is dependent on selecting the right tool. Here’s how to know what to use, when.

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For everyday definition, line eyes with a classic black pencil. They offer versatile pigment that won’t migrate or settle into fine lines during the day, and can basically swing the entire pendulum of liner: effortless tight-lining, graphic cat eyes and sketch-and-smudge smoky eye too. Velvet Concepts Velour Eye Pencil in Noir and Napoleon Perdis Eye Pencil Onyx Factor are opaque black and slide over lash lines easily.


This clever in-between formula (which feels neither wet, nor dry) is a solid all-rounder. The dampness means they can go perfect and polished, but don’t require the same degree of expertise as their liquid counterparts. The intensity of the colour means they bulk up definition (and the look of lashes) with very little effort. Glide on an inky gel straight from a pen like Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir or use a pot formula such as Napoleon Perdis China Doll Gel Eyeliner with a fine-pointed brush, for longwearing, smudge-proof colour.


Blacker-than-black liquid liners such as Natio Liquid Eyeliner in Black (best for super fine lines) create crisp lines and elongate eyes with ease. Before graduating to graphic shapes, perfect the art of winged eyeliner. Whether it’s a brush, felt or foam tip, start with a line reaching from the outer eye to tail of the brow and work inwards in thin strokes.